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Refuge February 27, 2011

Filed under: Uncategorized — MELODRAMANIAC @ 5:08 pm


refuge (ref-yooj) n., Shelter or protection from danger, trouble, etc.; any place of shelter, protection, or safety.
Toaster’s inclination to take refuge under the covers hindered making the bed on a daily basis.


Vamp February 26, 2011

Filed under: Uncategorized — MELODRAMANIAC @ 9:15 pm


vamp (duh) n., A seductive woman who uses her sensuality to exploit men.
She practiced some alluring poses in costume before going onstage to portray a vamp who inadvertently contributes to the suicidal ideations of a salesman.



Filed under: Uncategorized — MELODRAMANIAC @ 9:12 pm


lugubrious (loo-goo-bree-uhs) adj., Mournful, dismal, or gloomy, especially in an affected, exaggerated, or unrelieved manner.
She found it difficult to maintain her effervescent demeanor when rehearsing a play with such lugubrious themes as Death of a Salesman.


Confounded February 24, 2011

Filed under: Uncategorized — MELODRAMANIAC @ 7:01 am


confounded (kon-found-did) v., To be perplexed or amazed, especially by a sudden disturbance or surprise; bewildered; confused.
The fact that a company actually manufactured a product called “Hair Mayonnaise” confounded her.



Filed under: Uncategorized — MELODRAMANIAC @ 6:59 am


embrace (em-breys) v., 1. To take or clasp in the arms; press to the bosom; hug. 2. To take or receive gladly or eagerly; accept willingly. 3. To avail oneself of.
He embraced the opportunity to embrace his amazing girlfriend before she ran off to class.


Newfangled February 22, 2011

Filed under: Uncategorized — MELODRAMANIAC @ 11:37 pm


newfangled (noo-fang-guhld) adj., Different from what one is used to; objectionably new; contemporary.
She was able to take coloring to an exciting new level with her newfangled window crayons!


Ameliorated February 21, 2011

Filed under: Uncategorized — MELODRAMANIAC @ 3:43 pm


ameliorated (uh-meel-yuh-reyt-id) v., To have recovered or improved from an unsatisfactory state, such as that of idiopathic partial facial paralysis.
After three rather frustrating weeks, her smile ameliorated from its previously askew position.